Evatt Wants Further Step Forward With Cup Progress

Ian Evatt pre-Barrow presser

Wanderers are aiming to make it a perfect home start with progress in the Carabao Cup.

The Whites got their League One campaign up-and-running in style with a 3-0 win over Lincoln City on Saturday.

Ian Evatt’s men are back at the Toughsheet Community Stadium on Tuesday night to face AFC Barrow (KO 7.45pm).

And Evatt hopes for a repeat showing in a bid to secure a place in round two of the competition.

“Saturday was just a good start. A good performance. Not brilliant and there are lots of things to work on,” said the Wanderers’ boss.

The fans were amazing on Saturday. To have 20,000 in for the first game of the season against Lincoln was fantastic.
Ian Evatt

“But there are lots of things I did like as well, so it’s important now we replicate that as many times this season as possible and hopefully have another step forward on Tuesday.

“Every competition we enter we want to win and progress. This is no different. We’re excited to have another opportunity to go out and show our fans what we can do.

“This is our home and we want to protect here as best we can. The fans were amazing on Saturday. To have 20,000 in for the first game of the season against Lincoln was fantastic.

“Hopefully they left here with a smile on their face, having had a good experience. Fingers crossed we can give them another good experience tomorrow night.”

There will be a smaller crowd for Tuesday night’s cup opener but Evatt will demand no drop in intensity against the League Two side.

The Wanderers’ boss led Barrow back into the Football League after a near 50-year absence in 2020 before taking charge of the Whites.

And he is expecting another testing tie after knocking the Bluebirds out of the Papa Johns Trophy last season en route to lifting the trophy at Wembley.

Ian Evatt tunnel wave

“I’m extremely respectful about that football club and extremely grateful for the opportunity they gave me,” added Evatt, who spent two years in charge at Holker Street to launch his managerial career.

“We’ve played them a few times now. We always seem to get drawn against each other some way, shape or form.

“I’m sure they’ll have beliefs of coming here and causing an upset but it’s important we have the right energy and attitude and give a good account of ourselves on the night.

“They’re going to be highly motivated because of the history between myself and that football club and we have to have the same motivation.

“There’s a huge amount of respect between both clubs but hopefully we can do the business on the night and get ourselves in the hat for the next round.”

Wanderers have no fresh injury concerns following Saturday’s win over Lincoln, giving Evatt plenty of selection options within a squad which may still be missing striker Jon Dadi Bodvarsson and defender Eoin Toal as they are given more time to build up their strength and fitness following injury.

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